Biofuel test program led by Bombardier Aerospace, Porter Airlines, Pratt
& Whitney Canada and Targeted Growth successfully concluded
Program funded by the key partners and by Business-Led Networks of
Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) Program through GARDN
TORONTO, April 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines today successfully
conducted the first biofuel-powered revenue flight in Canada. In the
successful conclusion to a test program that was launched in 2010, the
airline flew one of its Bombardier Q400 turboprops from its base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Ottawa
using a 50/50 blend of biofuel and Jet A1 fuel in one of its engines.
The fuel was certified to the new American Society for Testing and
Materials (ASTM) D7566/D1655 standard and the biofuel used was derived
from the oilseed crops, Camelina sativa* (49 per cent) and Brassica carinata* (one per cent). The aircraft's other engine was powered by Jet A1
fuel. The flight included passengers making their way to Ottawa for
business and pleasure, representatives from the biofuel test program's
partnering organizations and media.
This is the final step in a two-year project whose key members are
Targeted Growth, Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt and Whitney Canada, the
manufacturer of the PW150A engines that power the Q400 aircraft, and Porter Airlines. Funding for the biofuel test program was
provided by the key partners, as well as by Business-Led Networks of
Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE)through the Green Aviation Research &
Development Network (GARDN).
Additional support to the program was provided by Agrisoma Biosciences
Inc., which grew the carinata and produced the carinata bio-oil;
Sustainable Oils, which crushed the camelina to make the camelina
bio-oil; Honeywell UOP, which converted the bio-oils into the
bio-derived jet fuel to meet the D7566 standard; and SkyNRG who were
responsible for logistics and blending meeting the D1655 specification.
"In a fitting tribute to Earth Day 2012, which is now less than a week
away, we are delighted that one of our Bombardier Q400 turboprops has become the first aircraft to successfully conduct a
biofuel-powered revenue flight in Canada," said Robert Deluce,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Porter Airlines. "The use of
biofuels promises to significantly reduce the level of emissions
produced by commercial aircraft worldwide, and Porter is honoured to
have contributed to this test program in Canada."
"The success of this biofuel test program, which utilized a Bombardier Q400 aircraft, speaks volumes about the ability of the aviation and other
communities to work together towards producing a more sustainable
aviation industry," said Hélène V. Gagnon, Vice President, Public
Affairs, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, Bombardier
Aerospace. "But that's not the only milestone achieved today. This is
the first time that a revenue flight in Canada was powered by biofuel,
so we've achieved a first for Canada. "
"When this biofuel project was submitted in October 2010, the Private
Sector Advisory Board, a strategic body comprised of respected Canadian
industry leaders, approved it with complete confidence and praised it
very high value added, world-class experts and very good focus," said
Sylvain Cofsky, Executive Director of GARDN. "Eighteen months later,
today's flight proves they were right and I am extremely proud of
GARDN's contribution to this very promising success in the field of
"We are firmly committed to ensuring that our products are designed,
produced and operated while minimizing environmental impacts throughout
their life cycle, outperforming the most stringent ICAO standards,"
said Daniel Breitman, Vice President, Engine Development Programs,
Pratt & Whitney Canada. "We have implemented new technologies to
significantly reduce fuel consumption, environmental emissions and
engine noise in our latest generation of engines and we are developing
cutting-edge green technologies for the future, to help the aerospace
industry reach its commitment of reducing its overall footprint."
Targeted Growth was very pleased to be involved in this project," said
Rober Woods, president, Targeted Growth. "Partnerships such as this one
help demonstrate market confidence that spurs the critical research and
development required to advance feedstock productivity."
On February 9, 2012, in preparation for Porter's revenue flight,
Bombardier flew a Q400 turboprop test aircraft on the ASTM D7566/D1655 bio-derived jet fuel.
This was the first such biofuel-powered test flight in Canada.
About Q400 aircraft
The Q400 turboprop airliner, which is built at Bombardier's Toronto, Ontario
facility, is the advanced successor to Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft. Optimized for short-haul operations, the
"comfortably greener," 70- to 80-seat Q400 aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop. It
provides an ideal balance of passenger comfort and operating economics
with a reduced environmental footprint.
Setting new environmental standards, the Q400 aircraft uses 30 to 40 per cent less fuel and produces 30 to 40 per cent
fewer emissions on routes where it has replaced similar-capacity, older
jets. Overall, the Q400 aircraft is 15 decibels quieter than ICAO Chapter 4 noise standards;
raising the bar for the entire industry.
More than 380 Q400 aircraft are in service with approximately 40 operators in 30
countries, on six continents. These aircraft have transported more than
177 million passengers.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions,
from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation
equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global
corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year
ended December 31, 2011, were $18.3 billion, and its shares are traded
on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index
component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America
indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.
GARDN - the Green Aviation Research and Development Network is a
business-led Network of Centres of Excellence. Its mission is to
promote aerospace technologies aimed at the protection of the
environment. The seven themes of research targeted by GARDN are: noise
and source emissions reduction, materials and manufacturing processes,
airport and aircraft operations, alternative fuels and product
lifecycle management. GARDN's activities are in support of the
competitive excellence of Canadian aerospace products and services, the
economic success of the member companies as well as the development and
training of highly qualified personnel. www.gardn.org
About Porter Airlines
Founded in 2006, Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying
with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality and restoring
glamour and refinement to air travel. An Official 4 Star Airline® in
the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, and rated second in the
world in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards Top Small Airlines
category, Porter is committed to providing a premium travel experience.
Complimentary amenities include luxurious airport lounges, Starbucks
coffee, premium snacks, and wine or beer onboard.
The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal,
Québec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste.
Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway),
Boston (Logan), Washington, D.C., and has seasonal flights to Mt.
Tremblant, Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Burlington, Vt. Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, Pratt & Whitney
Canada (P&WC) is shaping the future of business aviation with
dependable, high-technology engines. Every second, a P&WC-powered
aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. P&WC's engines,
with close to 600 million hours in the air, are the industry benchmark
for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and
easy maintenance. P&WC is firmly committed to ensuring that its
products are designed, produced and operated while minimizing
environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.
There are currently more than 49,000 P&WC engines in service on more
than 28,000 aircraft operated by some 10,200 operators in 200
countries. Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a United
Technologies Corp. company (NYSE: UTX). UTC is a diversified company
providing high-technology products and services to the global aerospace
and building industries. News and information are available at www.pwc.ca.
About Targeted Growth
Targeted Growth was founded over a decade ago with a goal of developing
technologies that would increase the productivity of existing farmland
and improving novel crops for use on marginal land. Today, Targeted
Growth is a global leader in bioscience, having developed technologies
that both increase seed size and yield in commercial food crops and
biofuel feedstocks. The company has strategic partnerships with
leading researchers and agribusinesses around the world. More
information is available at www.targetedgrowth.com.
Notes to editors
Images of Porter Airlines Q400 aircraft are available in the press releases section at: www.bombardier.com.
Photos and a video from today's event will be available at www.flickr.com/bombardieraerospace and youtube.com/bombardiervideos.
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*Camelina sativa and Brassica carinata are members of the family of flowering plants known as the Brassicaceae. The
Brassicaceae also include well-known plants such as broccoli, cabbage,
cauliflower and turnips.
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Image with caption: "Helen V. Gagnon, Robert Deluce, The Honourable Glen Murray, Sylvain Cofsky (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120417_C6430_PHOTO_EN_12436.jpg
Image with caption: "Crew fueling biofuel-powered flight (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120417_C6430_PHOTO_EN_12437.jpg
Image with caption: "The Honourable Glen Murray, Robert Deluce, Helen V. Gagnon, Sylvain Cofsky with Q400 model (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120417_C6430_PHOTO_EN_12438.jpg
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